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Opportunistic Politicians in Bulgaria Evict Roma for Votes

October 9, 2015 | by Kaloyan Stanev

With elections looming, Bulgarian politicians are bulldozing Roma houses to win the votes of right-wing nationalists.

Why Europe Must Own Up to Its Participation in CIA Torture

October 9, 2015 | by Natacha Kazatchkine

Nearly a year after a U.S. Senate report exposed CIA torture activities, the European countries that were complicit in the program still haven’t been held accountable.

Case Watch: Making Sense of the Schrems Ruling on Data Transfer

October 7, 2015 | by Simon Cox

The ruling from the top EU court is subtle and careful—and it has already been misunderstood in some quarters.

Grantee Spotlight

Roma Women Raise Their Collective Voice, and Mayors Listen

October 5, 2015 | by Manjola Veizi

Life is challenging for Roma women in Albania, but a recent push for political organization may soon change that.

For Croatians, the Refugee Crisis Is Personal

October 2, 2015 | by Tin Gazivoda

During the wars of the 1990s, Croatia took in half a million displaced people, a memory that still lives on today as Europe’s refugees reach its borders.

What You Need to Know About the Refugee Crisis in Hungary

September 30, 2015 | by Márta Pardavi, Gábor Gyulai

Inflammatory rhetoric about the refugees in Hungary is distorting a situation that’s not nearly as out of control as portrayed.

Case Watch: Will the EU’s Top Court Outlaw Mass Surveillance?

September 29, 2015 | by Simon Cox

U.S. domestic surveillance practices, exposed by Edward Snowden, present a profound legal challenge to the European Union's data protection regime.

Grantee Spotlight

From Hungary to Austria on Foot

September 25, 2015 | by Tamás Richárd Bodoky

An investigative journalist joins the migrants traveling through Hungary by foot, and finds acts of kindness amid the chaos.

Why Europe’s “Roma Decade” Didn’t Lead to Inclusion

September 21, 2015 | by Zeljko Jovanovic

The Decade of Roma Inclusion aimed to close the gaps between Roma and the rest of society, but thanks to opportunistic politicians, some of those gaps are wider than ever.

Refugee Crisis Sparks Biggest Civic Response in Slovakia in Years

September 11, 2015 | by Ján Orlovský

In Slovakia, online vitriol directed at the refugees is being drowned out by the chorus of support taking place on the ground.